Just one day before the United Method Church geared up for its General Conference beginning on Tuesday, more than 100 pastors, deacons, elders and ministry staff publicly came out as members of the LGBTQ community.

It was a move intended to bring increased attention to an issue that the denomination is slated to contend with in the coming days as its members convene in Portland, Oregon, for a central meeting that is held once every four years.

“While we have sought to remain faithful to our call and covenant, you have not always remained faithful to us,” reads the letter, which was organized by a group called Reconciling Ministries Network and is addressed to the United Methodist Church. “While you have welcomed us as pastors, youth leaders, district superintendents, bishops, professors, missionaries and other forms of religious service, you have required that we not bring our full selves to ministry, that we hide from view our sexual orientations and gender identities.”

Source: ‘We Are Coming Out’: More Than 100 Pastors, Deacons and Church Leaders Reveal They Are ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex’ | TheBlaze.com



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